About Us

NewFest is…

dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience.  We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be.

Through the New York LGBT film festival, presented annually since 1988, and year-round programming, NewFest celebrates fine domestic and international film as part of our mission to break through closet doors and glass ceilings everywhere.

Outfest and Newfest are merging and in the next year will become one organization.

Outfest is…

the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 30,000 LGBT films and videos.

Changing Lives

Outfest ensures that stories of LGBT people are created, shared and protected.

Promoting Equality

Outfest uses the power of movies to promote acceptance and equality for all LGBT people.

Inspiring Storytellers

Outfest develops the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers.

Building Community

Outfest connects diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives.